The U.S. Women’s National Team beat an overmatched Thai team 13-0 behind Alex Morgan’s five goals in the first game of group play for both teams in the 2019 FIFA World Cup in France.
The U.S. had a historic game with Morgan being the only player to register five goals and two assists, and the U.S. set a record for goals scored in a World Cup game.
Morgan notched goals in the 12th, 53rd, 74th, 81st and 87th minutes and could have had six, but her initial goal in the fifth minute was ruled offsides.
During the game, Thailand had only two shots on goal for the entire game and controlled the ball for only 28% of the 90+3 games duration.
Meanwhile, Thai goalkeeper Chor Charoenying faced an onslaught of 20 U.S. shots on goal. Charoenying was only to make seven saves of those 20 shots.
The 13 goals the U.S. team scored now sets the new record of most goals scored, Germany held the previous record when they scored 11 in 2007.
Entering halftime, the U.S. had secured a 3-0 lead behind Morgan’s 12th minute goal and goals by Rose Lavelle in the 20th minute and Lindsey Horan in the 32nd.
Sam Mewis started the U.S.’s scoring splurge in the second half when she connected with the back of the net in the 50th minute. Mewis’ goal was followed by Morgan in the 53rd, another by Mewis in the 54th and Lavelle in the 56th which put the U.S. up 7-0.
In the 74th minute, Morgan scored her hat-trick goal, and Megan Rapinoe scored five minutes later. Up 9-0, Morgan scored her fourth goal in the 81st minute. Then, Mallory Pugh scored in the 84th, Morgan scored in the 87th and Carli Lloyd scored in the 93rd minute of added time.
In the Group F standings, the U.S. and Sweden both have three points apiece while Thailand and Chile both have zero.
Sweden beat Chile 2-0 on Tuesday prior to the U.S. and Thailand’s match, with Sweden not being able to score until late into the match.
Kosovare Asllani connected on Sweden’s first goal in the 82nd minute and Medelen Janogy put the match out of reach for their Chilean opponents in 95th minute of added time.
Moving forward, the U.S.’s next match will be against Chile for their second Group F game on Sunday.
With their overwhelming success and 2015 World Cup win behind them, the U.S. has established themselves as the team to beat in France this World Cup run.
Source: Iowa State Daily